Don Swann

Don Swann,

Wildlife Biologist, NPS

Monday, February 22,

2:30-3:30 pm,

an ASA Zoom Webinar*

Learn more about the natural wonders of Saguaro National Park, a close and valued neighbor of Academy Village/Altura, from Don Swann, a wildlife biologist at the park for more than 25 years who has received special honors for his work there on wildlife and water issues.  

In his talk, Swann will focus on the park’s varied wildlife and some of the ways park personnel are striving to learn more about and better protect the native plants and animals.  Swann received the National Park Service Director’s Award in 2006 for his contributions to the resource management program at the park.   His work contributed to achieving major milestones in four areas: collecting information to validate an instream-flow water right; active restoration of habitat for the lowland leopard frog; contributions to the Sonoran Desert Inventory and Monitoring Network; and protection of the Sonoran Desert tortoise through research and conservation education.

Swann received his MS Degree in wildlife ecology from the School of Natural Resources at the University of Arizona and his BA in geology and biology from Brown University in Rhode Island.  His graduate work focused on long-term monitoring of vertebrates, and his study sites included Tonto National Monument, Coronado National Memorial, and Fort Bowie National Historic Site.

Swann joined the NPS as a seasonal interpreter in the early 1990s and has been a full-time biologist at Saguaro since 2000.  Prior to joining the National Park Service, he worked in a variety of park operations in state parks in Massachusetts and Arizona, including as an interpretive park ranger and supervisor in the Boston Harbor Islands. He is a co-author of more than 25 scientific papers, mostly focused on research and monitoring with wildlife cameras the saguaro cactus, Sonoran-desert amphibians and reptiles (particularly aquatic frogs), and mammals.

*For access to the Zoom Webinar, please write

–Written by H. Deon Holt, Academy Village Volunteer

Photo: Don Swann

Feb 22: “Wildlife of Saguaro National Park”